MARCH 2013
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Zakir Hussain

ZAKIR HUSSAIN, SHIVKUMAR SHARMA TO PERFORM CONCERTS IN MIAMI, TAMPA, PALM BEACH, TALLAHASSEE, JACKSONVILLE

Tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain and santoor legend Shivkumar Sharma will present Maestros in Concert in April all over Florida. Here’s the schedule for the revered musicians:

CUTLER BAY/MIAMI - APRIL 4: South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (Mainstage), 10950 SW 211 St., Cutler Bay; 8 p.m.; tickets start at $10; for information, call (786) 573-5300, e-mail boxoffice@smdcac.org or visit http://www.smdcac.org/

TAMPA – APRIL 5: Straz Center for the Performing Arts (Ferguson Hall), 1010 N Macinnes Place, Tampa; 7:30 p.m.; tickets start at $20; for information, call the center at (813) 229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org


Shivkumar Sharma

LAKE WORTH/PALM BEACH – APRIL 6: Duncan Theatre, Palm Beach State College, 4200 Congress Ave., Lake Worth; 8 p.m.; tickets start at $29; for information, call the theatre at (561) 868-3309 or visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/theatre/

TALLAHASSEE – APRIL 10: Ruby Diamond Concert Hall at Florida State University, Westcott Building, 502 S. Copeland St., Tallahassee; 7:30 p.m.; for ticket information, call (850) 644-6500 or visit www.sevendaysfestival.org

JACKSONVILLE – APRIL 11: Church of the Good Shepherd, 1100 Stockton St., Jacksonville; 7:30 p.m.; $25; for information, call (904) 389-6222 or visit www.riversidefinearts.org 

Program dates/venues subject to change. Please check with local organizers.


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MELBOURNE (MARCH 9-10), GAINESVILLE (MARCH 16), FORT MYERS (MARCH 23), JACKSONVILLE (MARCH 23), ORLANDO (MARCH 30) TO HOLD INDIA FESTIVALS

By NITISH S. RELE, editor@khaasbaat.com

MELBOURNE

Manav Mandir will present its annual Indiafest 2013 on Saturday, March 9, and Sunday, March 10, at Wickham Pavilion, 3845 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. Timings are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 12 and under and kids younger than 5 years of age are free. For information, call Yasmin Majeed at (321) 720-8590, e-mail info@indiafestbrevard.org or visit www.indiafestbrevard.org

GAINESVILLE

The 14th annual India Fest & Health Fair 2013 takes place on Saturday, March 16, at Santa Fe Community College, Gymnasium (Building V), 3000 N.W. 83rd St., Gainesville. It is presented by the India Cultural & Education Center. Health fair will be 9 a.m. to noon and the festival featuring Indian food, dance, art, music, jewelry, clothing, henna, etc., will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a $5 admission; kids younger than 5 years of age are free. For information, call (352) 378-7112, e-mail indiafestgainesville@gmail.com or visit www.icec-florida.org

FORT MYERS

The India Association of Fort Myers will hold its 27th annual India Fest 2013 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, at Fort Myers High School, 2635 Cortez Blvd. Tickets are $5; children younger than 5 years of age are free. On the agenda are fashion, jewelry, handicrafts, food and of course a cultural program. For information, call Sapna Mathur at (239) 470-7024, e-mail sapna.mathur3@gmail.com or visit http://www.iafortmyers.org/

JACKSONVILLE

The Anand Bazaar will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23, on the campus of the Hindu Society of North East Florida temple, 4968 Greenland Road, Jacksonville. Please note that this is a new venue for the event, formerly known as Jax India Fest. For information, e-mail president@JaxIndiaFest.org or visit www.jaxindiafest.org

ORLANDO

The Hindu Society of Central Florida will hold its annual Festival of India on Saturday, March 30, on temple grounds, and the cultural program in the air-conditioned community hall. Admission is free with a nominal parking charge. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at HSCF Hindu Temple, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry. To reserve a stall/booth or register for cultural programs (entry deadline is March 16), visit www.hindutempleorlando.org, then click on MyHSCF on left. For details, call the mandir at (407) 699-5277 or Promod Dubey at (407) 221 5616. For cultural show information, call Dipti Smart at (321) 695-4422.


NORTH SOUTH TO HOLD CONTESTS IN ORLANDO, TAMPA, FORT LAUDERDALE, GAINESVILLE, JACKSONVILLE

North South Foundation (www.northsouth.org) will be holding its educational contests in Tampa, Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Gainesville in March and April. Held in the United States since 1993, the contests are designed to encourage excellence among Indian American children and prepare them to enter into better colleges.

The contests are grouped into Junior, Intermediate or Senior levels for children from first- through 12th-grade. Conducted every year in two steps, children participate in Regional Contests at various locations throughout the country. Then students with high scores, based on a cut-off, advance to the National Finals.

Spelling, Essay, math, vocabulary, geography, science, public speaking and brain bee/contests are offered. Registration fee details are available on the web site.

Registration closes on March 23 for the Orlando contests, which will be held April 6 at Chinmaya Mission, 1221 Florida Road, Casselberry. For information, call Uma Kasi at (407) 704-5499 or e-mail nsforlando@gmail.com

Registration will close on March 23-24 for the Tampa contests, which will be held April 6-7, at University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Ave. For information, call Sampath Narayanan at (813) 973-7567 or e-mail nsf.tampa@gmail.com

Registration closes on March 23-24 for the Fort Lauderdale contests, which will be held April 6-7 at Nova University - Carl DeSantis Building, 3301 College Ave. For information, call Venkat Vadlamudi at (954) 558-6255 or e-mail nsfbee.fl@gmail.com

Registration closes on March 23-24 for the Gainesville (venue yet to be determined) contests, which will be held April 6-7. For information, call Latha Stead at (352) 222-9434 or e-mail latha.stead@gmail.com

Registration closes on April 13-14 for the Jacksonville contests, which will be April 27-28. Venue is yet to be determined. For more information, call Rajiv Gupta at (904) 745-3765 or e-mail gupta_rajiv_jpr@hotmail.com

For details, visit www.northsouth.org


HAPPY HOLI!

HoliHere are some of the Florida communities celebrating the festival of colors:

TAMPA/PINELLAS PARK

MARCH 23: HOLI; organized by the Rajasthani group; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; for information, call Rashmi Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

MARCH 24: HOLI – FESTIVAL OF COLORS; presented by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa; free entry and parking for Samaj members; water colors available for purchase; for information, call Bhogilal Patel at (813) 784-6653, Sudhir Shah at (727) 686-7424 or visit www.gujaratisamaj.org

MARCH 26: HOLI POORNIMA; celebrated by the Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; 7 p.m.; for information, call (813) 962-6890.

MARCH 26: HOLIKA; 7 to 9 p.m.; Sanatan Mandir, 311 E. Palm Ave., Tampa; for information, call (813) 221-4482.

MARCH 26-27: HOLI; Vishnu Mandir, 5803 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call Dr. Sadhana Ramcharran at (727) 798-4258 or MJ Jaimangal at (727) 946-8144.

MARCH 26-27: HOLI AND DHULETI; organized by Ambaji Mandir of Tampa Bay, 10991 58th St., Pinellas Park; for details, call the mandir at (727) 388-6685, email ambajitemple@gmail.com or visit www.ambajimandir.org

MARCH 30: RANGPANCHAMI CELEBRATION; organized by Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB); for information, visit www.mmtbusa.org/

BARTOW/WINTER HAVEN

MARCH 26: HOLI; organized by the Bhartiya Samaj of Central Florida; Mary Holland Park, North Broadway Ave., Bartow; 7 p.m. onward; for information, call Arvind P. Patel at (863) 858-1411, Bharat Patel at (863) 899-2985 or visit www.bscfl.com

OCALA/BELLEVIEW

MARCH 24: HOLI/DOLUTSAV; Pushtidham (Haveli of Florida), 14080 S.W. 20th Ave. Road, Ocala; for information, call Bharat at (973) 460-5936 or Raj Kamdar at (352) 568-5729.

ORLANDO

MARCH 26: HOLI FESTIVAL; organized by the Hindu Society of Central Florida; Holi bonfire will be set up on temple grounds and traditional ceremony at 7 p.m.; Holi puja items will be available for purchase; HSCF Hindu Temple, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for information, call (407) 699-5277 or e-mail info@hindutempleorlando.org

MARCH 31: HOLI FESTIVAL; organized by Gujarati Society of Central Florida; Bill Fredrick Park at Turkey Lake (Pavilion 6), 3401 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; free for society members; $20 per person for non-members; for information, visit www.gujaratisocietycfl.com

MARCH 31: HOLI 2013; presented by Indian Horizon of Central Florida; Citrus Bowl, 1610 Church St., Orlando; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; parade begins at 11 at Sri Lakshmi Narayan Mandir; free; for information, call Hari Singh at (321) 662-1887 or Gopaul at (407) 520-7394.

ALACHUA

APRIL 13: HOLI FESTIVAL OF COLORS; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Alachua Hare Krishna Temple, 17306 NW 112th Blvd, Alachua; $10 adult admission; children younger than 5 years of age free; music, food, yoga, culture and lots of culture; for information, call (386) 462-2017 or visit www.festivalofcolorsfla.com

SPACE COAST (TITUSVILLE)

MARCH 24: HOLI; organized by the India Association of the Space Coast (IASC); Fox Lake Park, 4400 Fox Lake Road, Titusville; 2 to 6 p.m.; for information, e-mail patidar7@hotmail.com or visit www.iascbrevard.com

JACKSONVILLE

MARCH 27: HOLI; celebrated at the Hindu Society of North East Florida temple, 4968 Greenland Road, Jacksonville; 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; for information, call the mandir at (904) 268-7630 or visit www.hsnef.org/

SOUTH FLORIDA (PEMBROKE PINES)

MARCH 23: HOLI PICNIC; organized by Bengali Association of South Florida; venue yet to be determined; for information, visit www.basfl.org

MARCH 31: HOLI CELEBRATION PICNIC; organized by Indian Religious and Cultural Center (IRCC); C.B. Smith Park-Shelter No. 6, 900 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; snacks, lunch and pizza to be served along with colors, games, music and dance and prizes; hot tea and ganthias for early birds; $7 for members and $15 for non-members; for information, call (954) 394-5661, e-mail board@irccflorida.com or visit www.irccflorida.com

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